Blair Hayes | June 2022
All About the Eyes: Your Eye Care Product Guide
Ihear complaints all the time about not knowing how to take care of the eyes, or not being able to achieve the results we want from existing skincare routines. There are hundreds of eye creams out there, so why are the eyes so complicated to treat? Well for one, the skin under our eyes is much thinner than on the rest of our bodies. Second, it also has fewer oil glands, which work to protect and hydrate the skin, leaving our under-eye area more sensitive to products. And the third susceptibility? This thin skin has less collagen, making it less elastic and less plump, so small changes in the area are more easily highlighted.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the eyes, this might not be the news you wanted to hear! We all want a miracle-working skincare routine, the eyes are just one area where we have to be a little more patient with results. And of course, in trying to find that miracle product, I’ve tried plenty of eye creams myself – so I’m breaking down the best of the best for all of your eye concerns!
The Best Products for Every Eye Concern
The Best Eye Product for Fine Lines & Wrinkles: If you aren’t quite ready for Botox or Dysport, or if you have gotten this kind of treatment but it it isn’t quite getting into all those little under-eye crevices, you’ve got to try my #1 wrinkle fighter… Revox Line Relaxer. With a blend of eight different peptides, Revox sends a message to your little eye muscles telling them to relax (very similar to the effect of Botox).
My #1 Overall Anti-Aging Product: I know you’ve all heard the sayings – “the eyes are the gateway to the soul.” “You can tell anyone’s age from their eyes.” Well, unfortunately, it’s all true! That thin, sensitive skin will show fine lines and wrinkles more easily than any other area. And what’s the best product for anti-aging? Vitamin A. However, with the sensitivity of the eyes, it’s important not to go too powerful in this area. Retinaldehydes like Ret de la Blair will work to increase collagen and elastin production without causing irritation.
The Best Eye Cream to Decrease Dark Circles: My top recommendation for all skin types is my Skin by Blair HydraBright Eye Cream. It’s great for brightening up dark circles or dull skin in the under-eye area and is also super gentle on sensitive skin. If you don’t struggle with sensitive skin, I also love Revision’s Teamine Eye Complex for dark circles. It uses a light-diffusing technology that eliminates the appearance of the purple or blue tint under your eyes and is clinically proven to fight off dark circles specifically.
The "Depuffer" – My Favorite Eye Cream for Under-Eye Puffiness: Like I mentioned earlier, puffiness is caused by fluid retention. So in order to reduce that under-eye puffiness, you have to drain the fluid. I love ElastiDerm Eye Serum for this concern because it has the perfect metal roller ball tip that applies just the right amount of pressure to drain fluids in the area (pro tip: always roll from the inside corner of your eye outward to allow for optimal fluid drainage!). It also contains caffeine, so it’s working to constrict your dilated blood vessels and decrease dark circles at the same time.
*Side note: if you have an eye cream you already use and love, you can achieve a similar effect by applying the cream to your under-eye with the small end of a jade roller.
The Best Eye Cream for Dry Skin: By now you’ve probably heard me talk about DEJ Eye Cream, but did you know D-E-J actually stands for dermal-epidermal junction? This is essentially the connection between the inner layer of your skin and the protective outer layer, and plays a critical role in skin aging. Revision’s DEJ Eye Cream seals peptides and Vitamin C within this deep layer for powerful hydration and a bonus anti-aging effect!
Eye Filler & Injectables
And for those of you wondering about under eye filler, it’s definitely an option... but not one I would recommend to everyone. While many people think under eye filler is the solution to many of their eye problems, unfortunately that’s not always the case. Before you can know how to treat your under eyes, you must first understand the root cause of your eye issues.
So what is under eye filler good for? Correcting volume loss - but not always under the eyes... I’ve found that the majority of under eye hollowing cases are actually caused by volume loss in the cheeks, which must be corrected before you can treat the eyes. Once cheek volume is restored, that is when you can address adding additional under eye filler if needed.
So what is filler not good for? Basically everything else. If dark circles or puffiness are your biggest concern, then filler is probably not going to fix your problem. In fact, it might even make your problem worse! For this and so many other reasons, it’s important to choose an injector you trust and to ask the right questions before committing to any amount of under-eye filler. If you don’t have an injector you love and completely trust, check out this post where I share my top tips for finding an injector.